Major stock-index ETFs were mixed Friday, with consumer staples the lone sector providing strength and energy and financials acting as the biggest drags.
SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ) was down 0.1%, but up 4.8% for the year and still hovering around its all-time high. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA ) was down 0.3%, but PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ) was up 0.1%.
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP ) was up 0.3%. The $8.2 billion ETF is carving a flat base that started in July and is 2% below its 52-week high. XLP has been trading above its 50-day moving average since January and is up 5.2% for far this year. Top holdings include Procter & Gamble ( PG ), up 9% this year and yielding 3%, and Philip Morris International (PM), up 13% and yielding 4%.
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY ) was flat. The ETF is trading at an all-time high and is 2% above an 84.78 buy point of a cup base, which places it still within a buy range. Top holdings include Amazon (AMZN), up 13% this year, and Comcast (CMCSA), up 10%.
Amazon is trying to break out of a cup-with-handle base that has a buy point of 843.94.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was down 0.7%. The near-term future contract for West Texas intermediate crude oil fell 27 cents, or 0.5%, to $53.09 per barrel. XLE top holding Exxon Mobil was down 0.8% at 81.64. It's below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages and has taken out its interim low of 82.29.
Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was down 0.6%. Top holdings JPMorgan (JPM), Berkshire Hathaway B (BRKB,) Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C ) were all off between 0.4% and 1%.
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Here's a look at the performance of major exchange traded funds across key asset classes on the stock market today.
The Relative Price Strength (RS) Rating measures a stock's price performance over the last 12 months vs. all stocks and ETFs, on a scale of 1 to a best-possible 99.
SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ), -0.2%, RS 56
PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ), +0.1%, RS 65
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA ), -0.2%, RS 63
IShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH), -0.3%, RS 65
IShares Russell 2000 (IWM), -0.5%, RS 71
IShares MSCI EAFE (EFA), -0.5%, RS 41
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO), -0.7%, RS 61
SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), -0.2%, RS 22
United States Oil (USO), -0.6%, RS 53
IShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG), +0.2%, RS 20
PowerShares DB U.S.$ Bullish (UUP), +0.3%, RS 31
IPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX), +1.6%, RS 1